A Quick Trip to Krabi

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We traveled to Krabi, Thailand for a couple of days last week. We have been staying in Phuket for a bit now and felt the need to see more of Thailand. Plus, the fact that it is only a short 3 hour drive from our house and less expensive than Phuket for, well,… everything made it an easy decision. We wanted to see the limestone cliffs and beautiful beaches that Krabi is known for.

This  post from Journeys of the Fabulist helped me to be prepared for Krabi with a child, especially in the bug spray department. It also gave me the ability to experience the Tiger Cave second-hand through their experiences because there was no way I was climbing 1200 and something steps with my 3-year-old in tow. I had been to Krabi many years ago, but it was just one day, and B.Z. (before Zoë) so Bronwyns post helped me to prepare a bit better for what it would be like with a little one. Make sure to read it!

Krabi, Thailand is a much different experience than most of the places north of it. You can see and feel the influences that the mostly Muslim culture has on this beautifully lush province. The food is almost always halal, there is definitely not as much pork, but the seafood… oh, so divine! There is a lack of beer or other alcoholic libations at many of the restaurants and even some 711’s, not that beer is necessary, but on a hot day while on holiday, it can be quite refreshing. Most people besides the tourists are fully covered in clothing from head to toe (how the ladies stay perspiration free is a mystery to me). That is where the differences end. The people of Krabi are just as kind, helpful, and lovely as the people are anywhere else in Thailand. The food is delicious and I made sure to eat plenty of it. The scenery and surroundings are amazing. All-in-all, I am saying you should check out Krabi.

We drove to Krabi in 3 hours easily on the main highway, but there are buses that go there from most towns for relatively cheap. The drive is filled with gorgeous scenery that kept me so engaged that I didn’t even notice how long it took. Krabi is known for their limestone mountains, and the mountains start pretty much as soon as you cross the bridge from Phuket to the mainland (Phang Nga).

This is the best photo that I was able to take while we were in motion, but I had to show you the beauty of the drive.
This is the best photo that I was able to take while we were in motion, but I had to show you the beauty of the drive. Gorgeous!

We arrived at Sunda Resort, our bungalow home-away-from-home, in the early evening and dropped off our stuff. We ran out the door to catch a tuk tuk to Krabi Town to walk around the night market. Night markets are one of my favorite aspects of traveling in Asia. You can purchase souvenirs, handbags, clothing, and art work at a fraction of what you would pay for it in the stores. Not only that, but the night market food is always delicious and cheap! We all love to meander around and snack along the way while we check out what everyone has to sell.

The Krabi night market was really busy, but there were not that many tourists. Most of the people at the market appeared to be Thai, which to me means that the prices are usually fair. We nudged our way through the crowds long enough to fill up on yummy Thai finger foods like spring rolls, fried chicken pieces, an egg roti, and some corn for Z (her favorite). Everything was delicious!

The traffic lights in Krabi Town near the night market are giant ape men.
The traffic lights in Krabi Town near the night market are giant ape men. Have you ever tried to take pictures of ape men after dark, apparently I am not that good at it as is seen in this not so good photo.

The next day we were considering going to the Tiger Cave Temple, but as I said above, the stairs were a huge deterrent for me. So we decided to check out Railay Beach.  I have a lot to write about Railay Beach, so I am leaving that until next Friday. (I don’t want to write the longest post ever in the history of blogging and lose your interest.)

The rest of our trip to Krabi was relaxing at our bungalows’ pool, and eating at nearby restaurants. MY FAVORITE THING TO DO!!!

For dinner the second night, we tried Wangsai Seafood Restaurant (their website is mostly in Thai)  on Ao Nang beach. We had crab in yellow curry, chicken and cashew nuts, fried rice, Sweet Chili fried fish, and garlic bread. The chicken and cashew nuts had an odd flavor that I couldn’t place, but seemed very Chinese influenced. That was the first time in my whole life I disliked chicken cashew nuts! The garlic bread was white sandwich bread with margarine and garlic salt, I wish I had taken a picture because it looked hilarious. The one redeeming factor of this restaurant was the fish. The fish was perfect, they definitely made their own sweet chili sauce, which was fresh and spicy with large slices of tomato. Overall, I would not recommend this restaurant, and I rarely feel that negatively about a place. It was disappointing to say the least.

On our final day in Krabi, we got up and had coffee and then Z got to have her hair braided before we went home. Ever since she had it done during our afternoon on Coral Island she has wanted it done again. After her hair was all perfectly braided and beaded, we made the drive back to Phuket.  It was a great few days away.

I don't know how she can sit for an hour and half to get her hair braided, but she does it!
I don’t know how she can sit for an hour and half to get her hair braided, but she does it!

Have you ever been to Krabi? What did you think? Did you miss the beer, too? Leave a comment and tell us all about it.

Make sure to mark your calendars for next Fridays’ post which will be about Railay Beach!

 

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  32 comments for “A Quick Trip to Krabi

  1. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    August 15, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    There is a temple at the bottom as well – it’s just that the one at the top is so much more spectacular (especially when it comes to the view). But thanks for taking me to a couple of other places! The beach is definitely a side we regret not getting to (we “consoled” ourselves with the thought we were headed to Phuket 😉 ).

    • andthreetogo
      August 15, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      It turns out that Chad actually had visited there in his first visit to Thailand. He had visited the cave below before and didn’t know about the mountain hike.
      As you know from my shying away from the Batu caves, places with numerous stairs are not my cup of tea. 🙂 That’s why I am so lucky to have blogging friends that share their pictures and adventures with me. 🙂

      • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
        August 15, 2014 at 11:54 pm

        Oh he missed out! But then maybe the wifi is new 😉

        I can definitely see how stairs wouldn’t be everyone’s idea of a holiday. Anyway – we can’t see everywhere – it’s good to use teamwork to divide it up more manageably!

        • andthreetogo
          August 16, 2014 at 6:43 am

          I don’t think there was wifi 10 years ago… Wait was there? Haha

          • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
            August 16, 2014 at 10:38 am

            I can’t remember. That was before I even got on Facebook… it’s like another time…

          • andthreetogo
            August 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

            I think it was the MySpace days!

          • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
            August 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm

            Oh wow, yes, MySpace. Huh. Blast from the past!

          • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
            August 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

            I can’t even remember. I’ve actually lost a sense of what life was even like BW.

  2. Sasha
    August 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    What a great adventure!! I cannot imagine how much Zoe is soaking up and learning each day!

    • andthreetogo
      August 15, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      She is so quick and learning new things everyday about the cultures we visit. I love it!

  3. joylovestravel
    August 16, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Sounds fabulous – love the sound of the night market as well, places like that where you can get cheap, yummy food are right up my street. Shame about the beer though – sounds bad but I would definitely miss it!!

    • andthreetogo
      August 16, 2014 at 6:45 am

      When we leave Asia I think one of the things I will miss most are the night markets and their food. We have “farmers markets” in the states, but they are filled with expensive gourmet food trucks and overpriced arts and crafts. It’s really not the same. At all. I think I probably wouldn’t have even wanted a beer, except for that I couldn’t get one sometimes.

  4. Less to More
    August 16, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Beautiful! Your girl is gonna want to get her hair done everywhere you go! 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      August 16, 2014 at 6:46 am

      I think that is the trend we are starting. 🙂 It will have to end when we leave SE Asia though, I don’t kind paying $10-15 for it, but I know it’s very expensive in other areas. Also it seems like more of a tropical thing I think. 🙂

  5. Sue Slaght
    August 16, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I feel my Thailand wanderlust acting up reading your post. I want to go to the Tiger Cave Temple, after all wasn’t that where Bronwyn found Wifi? 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      August 16, 2014 at 7:31 am

      It was! And I forgot to mention that the supposed free wifi at our hotel didn’t work… I probably should have climbed that mountain!

      • Sue Slaght
        August 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

        Doesn’t it just make you crazy when a hotel advertises free Wifi but it only works in the corner of the bathroom if you stand on the sink? 🙂 Easier to climb a mountain sometimes.

  6. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    August 16, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Fascinating post! It looks like a beautiful place, and I think I would really enjoy the night markets. I’ve noticed it before, but I’m still a little surprised you don’t like stairs! You look so fit!

    • andthreetogo
      August 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

      I am so glad that I look that way! Haha actually I would have no problem doing them, but I know we would end up holding z for at least part of it and she is 32 pounds of hot weight. 🙂 it just sounds uncomfortable. I think in a year or so I will be able to do all those type of things with her.

      • thehomeschoolingdoctor
        August 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm

        Good point! Next year we will read the post”How to do 5000 stairs with a toddler.” :-). I can see I am already rusty on toddler-hood…

        • andthreetogo
          August 16, 2014 at 10:21 pm

          I hope we get to that point… Or have a nanny so I can just run (or slowly struggle) up long flights of stairs 🙂

  7. Leslie from Harris Hippies
    August 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

    What a trip! I’ve heard much about Krabi from coworkers who’ve gone, and that definitely looks like a great place for a mini family vacation. I can’t wait until Lou is a bit older and more predictable while traveling — did you guys take a bus or van? Or do you rent cars while traveling?

    • andthreetogo
      August 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

      We drove ourselves as it is only 3 hours from Phuket. We have a truck. With a little one Harris’ age you may want to fly. They have direct flights from bangkok to Krabi I think. 🙂

  8. melissajane01
    August 16, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Beautiful photos! I can’t believe your daughter can sit for over an hour to get her hair braided.

    • andthreetogo
      August 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      I can’t either! She certainly doesn’t sit that still for me when I try to do even a ponytail!

  9. mamabyfire
    August 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    That sounds so amazing! I think my favorite place to be would be the night market. Sounds like so much fun-eating and shopping! If my Z had my phone, she’d stay still for braids no problem. If not, there’s no chance!

    • andthreetogo
      August 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Z did play with her iPad, but only for the last 15 minutes!

  10. Lani
    August 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Adorable last pic! You make me want to go to Krabi. Seriously. I have no desire to go down south b/c I’m a Hawaii-girl. So the novelty of seeing beautiful beaches is – eh. I know, I’m horrible. But Krabi sounds nice. I don’t want to go to some party town, you know?

    • andthreetogo
      August 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      My mom was raised on the Big Island for a big part of her life and when she visited us in Hua HIn, she said it reminded her a lot of Hawaii.
      Even on Phuket there is a lot to do besides party, but if you want more culture than beaches, definitely check out Krabi!

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